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Climbing Mount Kenya

Burguret – Chogoria

6 Days from $ 1,130 / person 

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Going up this way is difficult: hard underfoot, an overgrown trail utilized more by elephants than humans, muddy when wet, no cottages, and dense stands of gigantic bamboo and montane forest – why would you want to? It is, after all, for true wilderness enthusiasts.

Itinerary highlights:

1. The real challenge
2. This trek is most used by elephants
3. For the real wilderness lovers

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel

Itinerary Details:

Day 1: Nairobi – Giant Bamboo Camp

Transfer from Nairobi to Nanyuki for lunch. After lunch, proceed to Gathiuru Forest Station, where you will begin a four-hour hike through dense groves of towering bamboo to a Giant Bamboo Camp at 2600m. Elephants and buffalo are widespread in this area.

Accommodation:

Giant Bamboo Camp Giant Bamboo Camp

Day 2: Giant Bamboo – Highlands Castle

The luxuriant bamboo gives way to a massive podocarpus and pencil cedar forest before you rise to the hagenia rosewood zone on the moorlands’ border. This is where you’ll eat before walking up through the incredible gigantic lobelia and groundsels. At 3,700 feet, you’ll spend the night beside the sheer lava cliffs of the “Highland Castle.” Today’s trip lasts 5-6 hours and includes a 1,100m elevation.

Accommodation:

Highland Castle Highland Castle

Day 3: Highlands Castle – Shipton Camp

Spectacular scenery as the jagged volcanic peaks and shimmering glaciers tower above our trek around the summit circuit. Turquoise tarns nestle in the valleys, while eagles and buzzards soar above — it’s hard to believe you’re on the equator! You may meet other trekkers for the first time here as you travel for 5-6 hours to Shipton Camp at 4,200m.

Accommodation:

Shipton Camp Shipton Camp

Day 4: Shipton camp – Pt Lenana – Hall Tarns

The summit attempt begins at predawn. To reach the summit, climb steep screes and a bare rocky pathway. It will take an amazing 3 hours from here to reach the hiker’s summit, Pt Lenana at 4,985m, in time for sunrise – Kilimanjaro is normally visible 340 kilometers to the south, followed by a 2-3 hour descend to Hall Tarns (4,300 meters), where you will have a hearty breakfast and spend the day resting and relaxing. Your campsite is positioned near (but not too close to) the top of a 300m sheer cliff overlooking the Gorges Valley.

Accommodation:

Hall Tarns Hall Tarns

Day 5: Hall Tarns – Mt Kenya Bandas

Gentle climb along a large ridge with spectacular views back up the valley to the snow-capped peaks, and down to waterfalls, tarns, and lava flows in the Gorges Valley itself. Overnight in the Meru Mt. Kenya cabins With log fireplaces, hot showers, beds – and Tusker beers if the supply lorries have made it through the forest! Evening wildlife viewing is accessible, with elephants and buffalo frequently grazing outside our cabins, as well as a significant number of forest and moorland birds.

Accommodation:

Mt. Kenya Bandas Mt. Kenya Bandas

Days 6: Mt Kenya Bandas – Nairobi

Three hours walk down through the bamboo forest to meet our vehicles for the return journey to Nairobi, drop of at the hotel or airport to catch your flight back home.

Kwaheri (Goodbye)

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